No more grooming - old dog - senile

toomuchglassMay 13, 2010

My little Anna has been going to the same groomer for years - Judy is just a wonderful person & groomer - every dog & cat on earth has a place in her heart . She's an older lady & just has a special connection with animals.

I took my Anna in today for a long over do haircut ... Judy was exhausted when I picked her up . Anna is my cocker/bichon mix and is just over 16 years old. Judy told me Anna can't stand still anymore & it's like trying to cut a moving target . I know . I felt bad for both of them .

Judy mentioned that Anna is showing signs of senility . I often wondered if old dogs can get this - we compared notes and sure enough ... it clicks. It's real.

Have you ever seen this in your old pets ? How did they act ? It's an act of an angel if you put up with this ! I'd love to hear your stories .

As for my Anna ... I rescued her at 1 year old from an abusive situation . She's just been a part of our family ever since. At 16 ... she can't see or hear good - she gets confused ... (SO WILL I SOON !! ) LOL

OK - I got off track ... I'd love to hear about your OLD DOGS ...

PS - here's a picture of Anna after her haircut today !

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My old dog, Dancer, is a 15 1/2 year old minpin. He's always been in pretty good health and doesn't seem to have the aches and pains most old dogs have. He can still jump high in the air for his food and it doesn't seem to hurt him. He has gone totally blind from cataracts this past winter, though, and he is struggling to find his way around.

One weird thing he has begun to do in the past year is that he obsessively drinks tons of water. I thought it was a kidney problem, but the vet ran tests and said she thinks it's in his head. She said she's seen dogs do that before for no health reason she can find. I have to intervene when he goes on one of his "camel drinks" because he'll drink until he looks like he'll explode. Maybe that's senility. He also wanders around the yard eating mulch, grass, and dirt. He never did that when he was young.

    Bookmark   May 14, 2010 at 9:28AM
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I have a senior pup who is a little difficult for the groomer also. Jenny says, "Well, pick her up in a couple of hours or so she's a bit harder to do than the others". But so far, Jenny hasn't told me she'd rather not try. She's been Annie's groomer for 9yrs.

Annie is allergic to grass which causes her to scratch whenever you pet or even touch her sometimes. Plus she has lots of "bumps", benign, so Jenny has to go slow. Throw in a little incontinence and Annie is "special". She goes to the groomer next Wednesday and I may just give Jenny an extra $5 from now on.

    Bookmark   May 14, 2010 at 9:47AM
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It's common and also common for old dogs to not want to put up with a long grooming session but they really do need to be groomed. I've worked as a groomer and groom my own dogs but as they get older it's best if you can keep the session shorter, they have trouble standing for long and they get tired out. What I would suggest is to keep her brushed out and knot free between groomings and a day or two before the haircut, bath her and brush her out and take her to the groomer for the haircut only. If you can't do that, then I would take her for her bath and brush, and then a haircut a few days later, it really helps to break down the sessions into shorter ones so they dont get so tired instead of trying to do it all at once which a young dog can handle but an old can struggle with. Also see if you can stay with her during her grooming sessions, sometimes it helps to have the owner there especially if the hearing or eyesight is failing because they can smell you so it can be reassuring for them to know you are there. Often what seems like senility is really just tiredness and impatience, and discomfort for an old dog so do what you can to make it quicker and less trying for her and absolutely let her have a nap when she gets home :)

    Bookmark   May 14, 2010 at 11:49AM
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good thoughts & ideas, trancegemini!

    Bookmark   May 14, 2010 at 12:26PM
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Our chihuahua, Winston, just passed away a month ago at age 18, and he had what I called "doggie alzheimer's". When he would get done with his business in the back yard, he would start walking back to the patio like he always did and all of a sudden stop and look around like he had forgotten where he was, then head off in the opposite direction. He would just keep going unless I stopped him. He would also walk up to a wall or corner and stand there wondering why he could not go any further. His confusion got worse and worse as time went on. I know his vision was not 100% so that could explain some of it. Maybe 2 months before he passed, he almost lost all control of his bladder and that was very difficult to deal with... I had to take him outside every 30 minutes or so, as well as putting him in his crate if I had to leave the house. He was pitiful to look at but not in any apparent pain, thank God!
Wishing you the best with your Anna!

    Bookmark   May 14, 2010 at 1:30PM
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Mine is 13. Pretty old for a Bull Mastiff mix. I worry about him getting confused or too hot or standing too long since years ago a vet mangeld one of his rear legs. I can tell he is suffering from spinal stenosis so he does not always get the message from his back end in time to do much about biggie. He gets a bath at home, hates it. But he knows when he is ready, he will walk right into the shower. I just make sure I go as fast as possible. I dont bother with conditioning any more. His coat is always silky and beautiful no matter how many grass and dirt baths he takes. The only issue I have with him is stiffness in his back legs (3 surgeries) I take him on frequent short walks throughout the day and night....I let him dictate how long he wants to go and if he wants to stay out for an hour - fine, if he wants back in the van after 10 minutes - fine. His favorite thing to do is sit in the back of the van and bark at people wlaking by.

    Bookmark   May 14, 2010 at 7:03PM
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